Employment and Social Issues
Life in Europe continues to be formed by financial, economic, social, and employment crises. These realities affect many people and households in Europe, including the people who make up CEC Member Churches.
CEC monitors European policies meant to overcome these crises. We also reflect on how our experience and theological traditions can contribute to a socially inclusive and sustainable European policy. Most CEC work in this area is carried out through the Church Action on Labour and Life (CALL) Network. We also cooperate with ecumenical partners, including Eurodiaconia.
For more information on our work in this area, please email Rev. Frank-Dieter Fischbach.
12 Jul, 2010
In June 2010, the European Council set the target of taking 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. What is necessary to meet this ambitious target? - In a dialogue seminar with the European Commission, the Churches in Europe expressed their commitment to intensify their cooperation with the European Union to combat poverty and social exclusion. They expressed their interest in actively participating in the work of the European Platform against poverty which is being set up by the EU.
9 Jul, 2010
Dialogue Seminar of the EU and the Churches in Europe on “Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in the Framework of the EU 2020 Strategy” took place on 9 July 2010.
30 Apr, 2010
The first assembly of the CALL Network took place in Brussels from 28 to 30 April. Here are some documents relating to this gathering.
24 Mar, 2010
On 24 March, more than 400 conference participants from churches, trade unions as well as civil society organisations, met in the European Parliament in Brussels to launch an appeal to the heads of states and governments to keep Sunday free of work for all European citizens.
19 Jan, 2010
CSC (now merged with CEC) has developed this contribution of the European churches for the European Year 2010.
1 Jan, 2010
The Church and Society Commission (now merged with CEC) has developed this contribution of the European churches for the Consultation of the European Commission on the new "EU 2020" strategy.
6 May, 2009
On 28-30 April 2009 representatives of European churches met in Brussels and Mechelen (Belgium) at a conference on “Shaping European economic and social policies in times of uncertainty”. The conference was organised by the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (now merged with CEC).
29 Apr, 2009
Shaping European Economic and Social Policies in Times of Uncertainty: On 29 April 2009 representatives of the European churches met in the European Parliament with representatives of the European institutions to discuss EU economic and social policies in the ongoing economic crisis.
27 Feb, 2008
The Church and Society Commission (now merged with CEC) and the Churches' Commission for Migrants in Europe have responded to the European Commission consultation on modernising social protection for greater social justice and economic cohesion.
15 Feb, 2008
The Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (now merged with CEC), the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) and of Eurodiaconia have responded to the Consultation Paper from the Bureau of European Policy Advisers on “Europe’s Social Reality” and the Communication “Towards a new social vision”.